The Future of the Past: Early Music Today

Pioneers of the Future

Series 1 - Episode 1 Pioneers of the Future

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Summary

Nicholas Kenyon digs into where this historical impulse came from. Reviving the music of the past has long been part of the narrative for composers and certain connoisseurs, but the idea really became public after the war. We'll hear about the first stirrings of the movement, and the iconic soloists, ensembles and innovators that made it happen. Why did we want to reimagine the past? Rameau: Hippolyte et Aricie Suite: Tambourin I, II et III (extract) - La Petite Bande, Sigiswald Kuijken (conductor). Handel: Solomon (Arrival of the Queen of Sheba) - The English Concert, Trevor Pinnock (conductor). Handel, arr. Beecham: Faithful Shepherd Suite (Overture) - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Thomas Beecham (conductor). Monteverdi: Chiome d'oro - Hugues Cuénod (tenor), Paul Derenne (tenor), Nadia Boulanger (piano). Scarlatti: Keyboard Sonata in G major, K 124 - Wanda Landowska (piano). JS Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No 3 (3rd movement) - Busch Chamber Players, Adolf Busch (director). Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice (Che faro) - Kathleen Ferrier (alto), Orchestra of Netherlands Opera, Charles Bruck (conductor). Purcell: Music for a while - Alfred Deller (countertenor), Walter Bergman (harpsichord). Dowland: Fine knacks for ladies - Peter Pears (tenor), Julian Bream (lute). JC Bach: Quintet in D, Op 11 No 6 (1st movement) - Concentus Musicus Wien, Nikolaus Harnoncourt (conductor). Corelli: Sonata in B flat major, Op 5 No 11 (2nd movement) - Frans Bruggen (recorder), Anner Bylsma (cello), Gustav Leonhardt (harpsichord). Victoria: O vos omnes (Tenebrae Responsories) - Westminster Cathedral Choir, George Malcolm (conductor). Anon: The Play of Daniel (The Vessels Restored - Regis vasa referents) - Dufay Collective, Williams Lyons (director). Susato: Basse danse Bergeret sans Roch - Early Music Consort, David Munrow (director).

Cast & Crew

Presenter Nicholas Kenyon
Producer Amelia Parker
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